Alfacam has placed the biggest ever order for Grass Valley K2 Dyno replay systems. It will install 30 devices in its OB trucks, and has also purchased 24 LDK 8000 Elite HD cameras and four HD wireless camera systems for use in the Middle East and Europe, writes David Fox.
Most of the K2 Dyno systems hare for use in Saudi Arabia, where Alfacam has received a contract from KSA to cover all the matches of the first football league there. Alfacam is deploying six HD trucks and a staff of 150 people, 50% of them Saudi and the other half Europeans. These services have an annual value of about $20 million.
Six further K2 Dyno systems are being delivered to Alfacam's Belgian base for use on live sports production of Europa League football games and other sports in Europe.
The K2 Dyno Replay Controller offers an intuitive user interface that combines tactile interfaces (buttons, T-bar, Jog knob) with a touch screen display, making it easy to learn and use, versatile and responsive. Its software allows users to directly edit highlights and playlists (with auxiliary audio tracks) in real time. It is coupled with the K2 Summit Production Client server.
“We like what Grass Valley has done with its K2 Dyno slow-motion replay system as it is easy to use and produces the types of excellent quality replays our viewers and clients have come to expect,” said Alfacam CEO, Gabriel Fehervari (pictured).
“Throughout the years, Grass Valley has been a very supportive and reliable partner of Alfacam and this new order continues the relationship that we have come to rely on to ensure the success of our live production projects.”
To allow non-technical staff and producers to be immediately comfortable completing sophisticated production tasks, Grass Valley is to supply six seats of K2 Dyno Production Assistant software. With the Grass Valley K2 Dyno PA, users can create metadata grids offline in advance of an event to tag critical information, such as names and relevant event action types. These grids can be imported as XML data on a USB drive to all Grass Valley K2 Dyno Replay Controller systems. Clips can be given text names, while metadata can be added during the event along with ratings and icons. All metadata created can also be saved along with the content and re-used for different purposes. Content stored on a network can be viewed and aggregated into different bin types and sent to removable storage or network destinations using automated rules.
“This order reflects the increasing acceptance of the K2 Dyno Replay System across a region that has previously been dominated by other players with much more expensive solutions,” said Jeff Rosica, Executive Vice President of Grass Valley.
“Alfacam has been a long-time customer of Grass Valley cameras and production switchers, but this is the first significant order for slow-motion replay systems to cover live sports."
More than 300 K2 Dyno systems have now been sold.